Meet Our Guides

As we near the beginning of our 2017 season, we’re excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer.

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Elise Soniat

Elise Soniat (soon to be Schoephoerster!) is from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She recently graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Exercise Science with plans to go into Physical Therapy. When Elise isn’t keeping people caffeinated (aka working as a barista) she likes to play outside either in the water (it can be the river, ocean or lake…she loves them all!) or in the mountains. She’s also a huge fan of snowboarding, volleyball and ultimate frisbee. Elise is addicted to hot tea and enjoys photography as her favorite “non-outdoor” activity. » More Info «

Ryan Schoephoerster

Ryan Schoephoerster will be joining Journey Quest for his 5th summer. He hails from the star-system of Colorado Springs, CO. He was brought up in the ways of both the light and the dark side of the force. Although, he is not the “chosen one,” he brings a slight balance to the force. He now continues to expand his knowledge of the force (Physical Education) at Colorado Mesa University. Occupationally, Ryan is currently working at a tutoring center where he trains young Padawan learners in the ways of the force (i.e. math and reading). Although love is forbidden in the Jedi code, Master Shep is set to be married in May. » More Info «

Hannah Walker

As we near the beginning of our 2017 season, we’re excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer Hannah Walker was born and raised in Colorado and grew up primarily in Littleton. This is her 3rd Summer guiding for the world’s best rafting outfitter » More Info «

Clark Campbell

Clark Campbell uses planes, trains, and a very long throw bag to cover the 12-hour gap between Olathe, Kansas to Journey Quest. He is currently transforming his mind, body, and soul at Mid-America Nazarene University, majoring in Organizational Leadership, with emphasis’ in business and missions. When he is not “studying,” which is most of the time, Clark is a soccer player and influencer of young minds at his local temple. Clark doesn’t only love Jesus, his new wife, and white water rafting. He also thoroughly adores using the forces of gravity to pull him down mountains shielded by snow on two thin pieces of fiberglass and steel. » More Info «

Hannah Sleight

Hannah Sleight was born and raised in the gorgeous state of Maine, but recently has split her time between Pennsylvania and Colorado. She attends Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA where she plays soccer and studies business and Spanish. She loves almost everything active. Her favorite activities include soccer, ultimate Frisbee, unicycling, skiing, swing dancing, singing, and (of course) rafting! » More Info «

Tim Krejci

Tim Krejci will be returning for his 2nd summer with Journey Quest. A year ago God called Tim to take a step of faith and move from his home in Menifee, CA, where he was born and raised, to Colorado. Tim currently resides at 10,000 feet in the town of Leadville, CO, where he is finishing his last year at Colorado Mountain College pursuing a degree in Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Education. » More Info «

Anna Hoffman

Anna Hoffman will be joining the Journey Quest staff from Chattanooga, Tennessee for her second summer. She loves being in the outdoors rafting, backpacking, running, playing soccer, sand volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. She is also a fan of books, food (mainly kale), and pottery. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a degree in Exercise Science about a year ago. Since then, she has done some exploring (starting with spending a summer at Journey Quest), coaching high school soccer, and working at a company in Chattanooga that converts outdated media forms to digital form, where the slogan is “Memories Matter.” After preserving the memories of families from across the country, she is so excited to spend another summer creating those memories with the guests and staff at JQ. » More Info «

Katie Groshong

Katie Groshong will be joining Journey Quest for her second summer of guiding and she is totally stoked to be in back in beautiful ColoRADo (as the flat landers call it). She is studying Elementary Education at MidAmerica Nazarene University because who wouldn’t want to hang out with five-year-olds all day?! In her free time, she likes to take long walks on the beaches of Olathe KS, snuggle with her pet bunny, and enjoy eating her weight in all things candy and cookies. She’s about to be married to this guy named Clark. » More Info «

Margaret Sims

Margaret Sims will be joining Journey Quest for her second summer. She started on staff last summer after being a trip participant in the summer of 2015. You’ll likely see a lot of her around the office—checking in groups, watching lizards run by, and ringing up staff’s snacks and cans of pop, which brings us to where she’s from! She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota (they call soda/coke “pop”), where she still live and teaches third grade at a language immersion school. When she is not working, her hobby is going outside. She loves God’s creation and almost everything outdoors. She also loves languages and singing, and she likes to bake. » More Info «

Sandra DalBello

Sandra DalBello is from Houston, Texas. Currently, she is a junior at Texas A&M University where she is studying Industrial Distribution Engineering. Outside of class, Sandra is on crew at A&M and loves practicing with the team and traveling to compete. When she’s not busy studying or rowing, Sandra enjoys participating in other sports, running, and backpacking. Also, she loves spending time with her friends and family, listening to audiobooks, cooking, and walking her dog, Louie. » More Info «

Yan Sleight

Yan Sleight will be joining us for his first summer at Journey Quest. He had a day of rafting with Journey Quest last year and loved it so much he had to come back for more! Yan was born and raised in southern Maine, and lives in western Pennsylvania now (but is still a Mainer at heart). He graduated from Geneva College in Pennsylvania with an engineering degree and now works at Geneva in the IT department. In his free time, Yan helps out with the adventure program at Geneva assisting with events like the bouldering wall, zipline, and backpacking trips. He loves to do just about anything outdoors from hiking, to hanging out, and playing soccer. » More Info «

Molly Nesbitt

Molly Nesbitt will be joining the Journey Quest staff for her rookie season as a raft guide. A proud Boise, Idaho native, Molly has called Bozeman, Montana her temporary home for the last four years. She is currently studying Secondary English & Spanish Education at Montana State. This fall she will be going back to her roots, transferring to Boise State University to finish her degree. Some of Molly’s favorite things include all things indigo, fresh pow, chips and salsa, a good flannel, and of course, a little bit of Shakey Graves. If you can’t find her, she’s most likely hitting the slopes, getting lost in her hiking boots, reading the latest from just about anyone, having coffee with friends, or tucked away someplace quiet, writing and painting. » More Info «

Nicole Harris

Nicole Harris will be joining us for her first year on the team at Journey Quest, and as she says, “I’m so stoked to be a part of it!!” She grew up near Boulder, Colorado hiking, skiing, camping, playing lots of sports, and aimlessly wandering around the mountains. Currently, she is a junior working on her Nursing degree at WSU College of Nursing after she spent two years at Whitworth University completing her prerequisite classes. In the future, she hopes to go on medical missions to third world countries and travel a ton. Besides nursing school, she leads YoungLife, works as a tour guide at Whitworth, plays volleyball when she can, bakes a lot of bread, is always up for exploring new places, and is oblivious to sarcasm. » More Info «